There seems to be a new Willy Wonka in town. Microbiologist Wenyuan Shi and his team at the School of Dentistry (UCLA) have managed to create a lollipop that is actually good for the teeth. The orange-flavored, sugar-free lollipop they devised is infused with a natural ingredient found in licorice that kills the primary bacterium causing tooth decay, Streptococcus mutans.
Marketed as Dr. John’s Herbal Candy, the lollipop is now available for purchase through a candy manufacturer that licenses the technology from UCLA.
University of California, Los Angeles (2008, February 5). Enjoy Candy Without The Cavities: Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 5, 2008.
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